Ralph Batty calls it a career at Ridley.
Times Staff/ROBERT J. GURECKI.
Legendary Ridley assistant coach Ralph Batty has retired, according to head coach Dennis Decker.
Batty is more commonly known as “the best defensive coordinator in the state” among his peers, rival coaches and ex-players.
In between a pair of long runs as defensive coordinator, Batty was also the head coach of the Green Raiders in the late-1990s.
Click here to read my full story on Batty.
Ridley’s John Hermann announced via Twitter that he has committed to East Stroudsburg.
Hermann was a wide receiver for the Green Raiders in 2013.
To view his Hudl video, go here.
Ray Gionta is the next head coach at Sun Valley.
One of the county’s most respected coaches, Ray Gionta leaves Marple Newtown for Sun Valley.
The hiring of the longtime Marple Newtown boss was approved at Wednesday night’s Penn-Delco School District board meeting.
Gionta replaces Jim Grugan, who stepped down in December after three seasons at the helm
“To get someone of Ray’s quality, we’re fortunate to have someone of his experience,” Sun Valley athletic director Joel Alutius said. “He knows Delaware County so well and I think he has established himself. I think this helps our program. We’re proud of where Jim Grugan took us, and we know Ray can add on to our football tradition at Sun Valley.”
More details to follow.
Chichester quarterback Duffy Gilhool has committed to Bloomsburg University.
Gilhool finished a strong four-year career with the most passing yards in Chichester history.
Not many coaches in the Delaware Valley have the pedigree of new Chester coach Tony Beaty. Read more about his background and plans to make Chester football relevant again.
Check out Beaty’s story here.
Academy Park running back Jerry Lanier, the 2013 Daily Times Player of the Year, will attend Lackawanna College to continue his football career.
Lanier is one of three Knights who will join the Lackawanna roster in 2014. All-Delco Brian Ingram and linebacker Osman Toure.
UPDATE 10 P.M. 2/11/14: AP linebacker Jamar Dembry is not going to Lackawanna.
Last but not least, Chichester lineman Jeff Taylor fill out an impressive list of Delco players going off to Lackawanna for football in August.
Lackawanna is a two-year program, so there’s a good chance we’ll be seeing these guys transfer to four-year programs in due time.
Check out my story on Chris Britton, new head coach at Springfield, in today’s Daily Times.
Britton was hired last week after spending 12 years on staffs of ex-Springfield head coaches Mike Heath, Chris Bell, Dan Ellis and most recently Tom Kline.
It was a long time coming, but worth the wait, as Britton explains.
I missed three Cardinal O’Hara players in my college commitment article in today’s Daily Times.
In addition to Thadd Smith (Boston College) and Steve Weyler (Villanova):
Lamont Veal, RB, Bloomsburg
J Kraiza, OL/DL, West Chester
J.T. Blyden, RB/DB, UMASS
For a full list of 2014 college commitment, click on the tab at the top of the page. I will continue updating the list in the coming days, weeks and months.
If I omitted anyone else, please let me know.